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Model Employee Handbook and Hire-to-Fire Forms Updated for 2019

As first-line defense against workplace disruption and legal claims, there is no substitute for well-written, up-to-date policies and procedures. A current, thorough employee policy manual (handbook) and complementary written internal guidelines covering all major aspects of personnel relations permit managers and rank-and-file workers alike to know where they stand.

The courts are full of many employment-related lawsuits that likely could have been prevented with clearly written and uniformly applied policy in compliance with current law.

An outdated handbook can cause its own set of problems.

Our 2019 model employment handbook and forms contain significant revisions to keep pace with new laws and recent case decisions.

Our model forms and policies include:

  • Employment application (including releases that acknowledge an employer’s use of pre-employment tests, notwithstanding the Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s constitutional privacy protections);
  • Form job description (again, setting the foundation for use of tests at the pre-employment stage);
  • Pre-employment procedures policy (properly positioning the above tests as aimed at job-related qualities rather than physical or mental disabilities);
  • Employment agreement (including confidentiality/non-disclosure of company trade secrets)
  • Alternative dispute resolution agreement: (providing for mediation and mandatory arbitration in the event of a dispute);
  • California-mandated paid sick leave policies; and
  • Termination policy, checklist and standard release (to be applied in appropriate circumstances for greater protection against later, frivolous suits).


Our comprehensive model employee handbook includes:

  • a) Conditions of company employment
  • b) Discrimination and harassment, prevention and handling
  • c) Employee compensation
  • d) Employee benefits
  • e) Employee job performance standards
  • f) Mutual termination rights
  • f) Employee privacy expectations, including employer access to email and databases and social media guidelines
  • g) Unpaid leaves, including for pregnancy disability, family issues
  • h) Job-related injury or illness
  • i) Workplace health and safety
  • j) Drug and alcohol policy; drug testing


For more details and to order, contact client services director Loretta Gardea at 626.583.6600 or email her at

April 2019